CAER obtains $400,000 grant to develop facility plan
The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER)
has obtained a $400,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to
develop a business model and detailed architectural and construction
plan for a facility that will be used by CAER staff and visiting and
resident faculty and scientists to conduct regional research projects
in support of local industry. The
CAER board of directors has selected the New London Business and
Technology Center, a technology-zoned park at East Lynchburg-Salem
Turnpike in Bedford County, as the best location for the long-term
operation of the facility.
"The objective all along has been to have a central location for research to be conducted within the region itself, in close proximity to the companies we support," said Bob Bailey, Executive Director of the CAER. "We are thrilled to get this funding as it will bring that goal another step closer to reality."
Bailey said research projects that his organization initiates on behalf of local companies are currently conducted outside the region at universities such as Virginia Tech and UVA. Earlier this month, the CAER and Liberty University announced the opening of a wireless test lab at LU that will move some of that research into Region 2000. A new CAER facility will expand on that even more with a central location for universities and federal labs to conduct research in support of area companies and a place for technology education by local and traveling professors.
The CAER is a non-profit organization that creates working partnerships between high-tech industry, major R&D centers, and university researchers to foster an economically flourishing region. These partnerships bring together public and private resources in Virginia's Region 2000.